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November 6, 2014

Some people are tough. I am not one of those people. That probably shouldn’t come as a surprise since I get all bent out of shape when somebody cuts the tip off a wedge of brie. There are people out there who are going through chemotherapy. Others grind their teeth through every moment of every day in constant pain.

Me? I’ve got a head cold. But it still sucks.

Fortunately, the house is full of food thanks to the one two punch of the CSA and the chest freezer. There is a bus that comes to deliver the kids to and from school. I have a stack of Lucky Peach magazines that I’ve been dying to read. But I don’t know if I can do much more than lie down and maybe watch some TV.

The timing of this cold couldn’t have been better. Mrs. Fussy is away in Canada, and I just got something special in the mail.

When I was a kid, there was an episode of Night Court that featured a family in crisis. Apparently they were a Nielsen TV household. And because their television watching was being calculated into the network ratings, they never left the house. Well, they did one time, and that’s when Punky Brewster got cancelled. At least that’s how the bit went.

Today marks the first day of my very own Nielsen TV viewing diary.

The only problem is that I rarely watch television on the television. Mostly it’s Netflix that gets piped into the TV set (via the Xbox), with DVDs and video games bringing up the rear. The television programming that I watch is mostly done on my laptop via Hulu and Netflix. Although I’ve been known to watch some shows on DVD if it’s “must watch TV.”

So now I’m flush with power and completely devoid of knowledge. What’s even on broadcast television this week? And is there anything on that’s worth giving a little A18-49 ratings bump in the Albany-Schenectady-Troy DMA?

I am really asking for your thoughts on this. The only caveat is that it has to be broadcast television because subscribing to cable is pure madness in this day and age. Unless you are a sports nut, but that’s its own kind of madness.

Beyond TV and rest, my plan for getting better involves food.

I have plenty of homemade chicken stock on hand, that has been condensed and frozen into individual cubes. Those get thrown into a small pot with a cup of water, a pinch of salt, and a couple spoons of alphabet pasta. In a few minutes, I’ve got a cup of warm soothing comfort.

Spicy foods also really help to open up the sinus passages. I keep a big jar of kimchi around for just this kind of emergency. I’m also trying out a new kind of sriracha. Well, at least new to me. It’s Uncle Chen and the good uncle uses less sugar and salt in his ground red chili sauce.

And of course there are the liquids. I’ve got some nice plain loose leaf rooibos that I got from Divinitea in Schenectady. I also have a huge stash of ginger, so I’m boiling some of that up with lemon and honey whenever the throat flares up.

But now I’m going to sleep. If I can work up the energy, maybe I’ll make up a batch of matzoh balls. On the upside, I don’t have much of an appetite anyway. If I’m lucky, perhaps I’ll drop a few pounds and come out of this looking healthier than ever.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. theresa518 permalink
    November 6, 2014 11:02 am

    Broadcast television? Sorry, I’ve got nothing. There are a couple of shows that are fantastic but not the type of shows that you could watch for one episode and appreciate them.

  2. EPT permalink
    November 6, 2014 11:06 am

    Sorry you’re not feeling well, a head cold can be miserable. Make good use of that chicken stock and if you’re up to it get yourself some take out sushi/sashimi as a great source of protein…with plenty of sinus clearing wasabi. Some miso soup wouldn’t hurt either. Good luck.

  3. November 6, 2014 11:18 am

    Its officially that season, I’m sick too. I’m all about spicy soups, peanut butter toast, and bananas. I find that when I can’t taste things well (thanks cold) I’m hyper-focused on the textures of food in terms of what I crave or don’t want to eat.

  4. Sarah permalink
    November 6, 2014 2:01 pm

    Jane the Virgin (new this year, so should be easy to catch up) is great. That’s on the CW, which I think is regular broadcast? Everything else I can think of (like the Good Wife) is too well-established to enjoy jumping in on. Brooklyn 99 is ok.

  5. November 6, 2014 11:23 pm

    My guilty pleasure of television is actually ‘The Black List’. Not because it’s an amazing show. It gets super corny at times . . . but I really enjoy James Spader.

    PS – enjoyed Challah and Rotisserie Chicken from WF tonight. If you didn’t mention it from time to time – I never would have tried it!

  6. stanfordsteph permalink
    November 7, 2014 3:30 pm

    This might help: I don’t watch a lot of network TV these days; my network shows aren’t starting again until later this year/early next. Parenthood is good (Thursday nights at 10 p.m. on NBC). It’s on its last season. The Good Wife (Sunday nights at 9 p.m. on CBS).

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